I’m 25, 5’10” 150lbs and probably a strong level 7. I’m looking for a ski that can handle most conditions encountered off piste well (inc trees), can rail GS turns on the groomed, in addition that to being light enough for short tours (bindings will be Dukes). My skiing will be for 85% in the alps where you can encounter just about every condition there is going, often on the same day and doesn’t requires skis as wide as Colorado, Utah etc.
I realise this is pretty demanding criteria and will probably have to make concessions in one area. My quiver can only be 2 pairs of skis since I will not be able to travel with more than 2 due to flight restrictions. My other pair are Atomic SL12s; yes not ideal for a 2 ski quiver but I love the feel of SL skis on the groomed
I used some Dynastar Mythic Riders in 172 last year in just about every condition and for the most part they were really great: they ripped GS turns, destroyed crud, held on windslab/ice, floated well but did tip dive in powder which was really annoying and were really too heavy to consider any kind of touring I think. I probably wouldn’t want skis too much wider than this (88mm) and though they have a rep as a fairly burly ski I went shorter at 172 and didn’t find them too stiff despite being a lightweight. A lighter non-tip diving mythic would probably be ideal should it exist
High on my list were the 179 BROs but there is no info what is happening with the PM gear line-up for 2010. Can anyone give me any idea on what other skis to demo? Fisher Wateas looked like a good bet but I’m not sure about hard snow/ice performance, Mantras apparently tip dive and are too heavy (like the mythics), Goats are probably too wide and with tip rocker I can’t seem them doing the business on hardpack, don’t know much about prophet 100s.
Edited by narc - 9/18/09 at 2:12pm